Patrick Labyorteaux is an acclaimed TV producer, TV writer, and an actor perhaps still known best for playing Andrew Garvey in 43 episodes from 1977 to ’81 of the family series “Little House on the Prairie,” which aired on NBC from 1974 to ’83.
Age, Early Life, and Education Background
Patrick was born in Los Angeles, California USA, under the Cancer zodiac sign on 22 July 1965, which makes him 57-years-old as of 2022. His adoptive parents are Ronald Labyorteaux, who was a skilled artist and interior designer, but who sadly died in 1992, and Frances Marshall, who was a famed American actress, who unfortunately passed away in 2012. He was raised in a loving environment together with his adopted siblings, actor Matthew Labyorteaux and actress Jane Labyorteaux. Patrick had a difficult childhood as a result of being mistreated by his biological parents, and even suffered from malnutrition before he was adopted. Frances used to take him to theaters and sets of the projects she worked on, and as a result, he developed a knack for acting at an early age; he shortly afterwards began making uncredited appearances in some of her plays.
Patrick hasn’t revealed the names of the schools he attended, but was very active in the drama club when he was in elementary school, and continued appearing in plays when he joined high school. He matriculated in 1983 but didn’t join college, instead starting career in the showbiz industry.
Interests and Hobbies
Labyorteaux is a lover of animals, especially hamsters; he has also kept several pet dogs and cats over the years.
He’s very keen on traveling overseas, and has toured several African destinations such as Egypt and China.
His favorite actresses and actors are Jim Carrey, Sandra Bullock and Will Smith, and his best-loved films are “Ace Venture: Pet Detective – When Nature Calls” and “Bruce Almighty.” He’s also fond of watching sitcoms, and his favorite show is “That ‘70s Show.”
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Since he was a child, Labyorteaux has been interested in doing stand-up comedy, and has now toured many clubs in Los Angeles to perform.
The Californian voice actor is a dedicated philanthropist, who teamed up with his younger brother Matthew in 1992 to create the non-profit organization Youth Rescue Fund, which helps homeless teenagers, runaways, and youth struggling with substance abuse and depression.
TV Appearances and Voicing Projects
Labyorteaux made his first TV appearance in 1973 when he was eight years old, with a guest role playing Eric Barrington in a single episode of the Christian drama series “This Is the Life”. He later portrayed Bill Sherwood in an episode of the live program “Shazam!” in 1976, and rose to prominence for his role of Young Rory in the NBC mini-series “Captains and the Kings,” which was based on Taylor Caldwell’s novel with the same title.
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He mostly appeared in single episodes of TV series in the years that followed, such as the CBS medical show “Trapper John, M.D.”, and the comedy “The Love Boat,” which were both released in 1979. He appeared in a few projects before 2000, including the 1989 police procedural drama “21 Jump Street”, and the legal drama “JAG,” in which he assumed the lead role of Lt Bud Roberts in its 208 episodes until it ended in 2005. He concurrently voiced Flash Thompson in the animated superhero show “Spider-Man” from 1995-1998, appeared in 1996’s “The Last Frontier,” and in 1999’s comedy “Living Single.”
2003 saw Labyorteaux appearing in the sitcom “Yes, Dear,” the drama “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” in 2008, and in “The Storm” in the year that followed. He was also selected for a role in 2016’s “American Crime Story”, after taking a seven-year-long break from the screens. His recent roles have been in the crime comedy “Castle,” political thriller “Scandal” in 2016, and the drama “Rebel” in 2017.
Patrick had the minor role of Henry in the western comedy “Blazing Saddles” in 1974, before playing Peter in the musical film “Mame”, and having a minor role in “Only With Married Men” in the same year. He caught the public’s attention when he portrayed Ted Kennedy in the 1977 biographical film “Young Joe, The Forgotten Kennedy”, before featuring in “Opening Night” in the same year, and “Summer School” in the year that followed. His next roles were in the science fiction movie “Terminal Entry”, and then “Heathers” in 1988.
Patrick made his movie voicing debut in 1991 as Mr. Big in the Brett Thompson-directed family animated film “Adventures in Dinosaur City”, before appearing in the comedies “3 Ninjas” (1992), and 1994’s “National Lampoon’s Last Resort.”
In 2008, Labyorteaux landed the starring role of Marv in the Peyton Reed-directed Netflix comedy “Yes, Man,” which starred Zooey Deschanel and Jim Carrey. Most recently, Patrick played Rob in the thriller “In My Sleep,” (2010) which is about a man, Marcus, – played by Philip Winchester – who fears he has killed someone in his sleep. He also appeared in the 2011 disaster film “2012: Ice Age” playing the role of Bill Hart, and in the 2018 science fiction comedy “The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time,” playing Julius Caesar.
Patrick is married to the American TV writer and actress Tina Albanese. The duo first met in 1995 during the shooting of the “JAG” drama series, for which Albanese was its assistant producer. They started dating secretly, for about two years, before they announced their engagement. They exchanged vows on 3 October 1998, and bore a child they named Jeau Bennett Labyorteaux at Cedars Sinai Medical Center located in Los Angeles, in July 2001. The couple has been together for over two decades now, and is seemingly living happily, still in Los Angeles, California.
Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance
Labyorteaux is of white ethnicity, has brown eyes and occasionally dyes his short brown hair white. He has an athletic body, and stands 5ft 9ins (1.75m) tall, weighing approximately 155lbs (70kgs).
Labyorteaux has been actively involved in the showbiz industry since the mid-’70s, is credited with over 60 film and series appearances, and has made a name for himself in amassing a modest worth of approximately $2.5 million, as of 2022.